Let’s Talk Bookish: February 12th

Hello Friends and Happy Friday! The Let’s Talk Bookish Meme is a weekly meme that is created and hosted by Rukky@EternityBooks and Dani@Literary Lion and todays topic is brought to us by Dani and it is What Makes A Book Beautiful?

They say not to judge a book by it’s cover but we all it do it. So today we are talking about what makes a cover beautiful. I don’t think there is a uniform formula and it’s more a matter of if the book speaks to me. I know I seem to like books that show a young woman in a pretty dress, like Chanel Cleeton’s books and Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic.

These two YA Fantasy covers are also some of my favorites, the close up of their faces and the details are just so good.

I also love fantasy covers that looks like paintings. Juliet Marillier is one of my favorite fantasy authors and I think her covers are some of the most gorgeous ones out there!

What are some of your favorite covers?

Cover Reveal: When Sparks Fly by Helena Hunting

I am so excited to share the cover for Helena Hunting’s new book!! She is an auto buy author for me and I can’t wait for this one to come out!!!

When Sparks Fly
St. Martin’s Press
Releasing September 21, 2021


From New York Times bestselling author Helena Hunting comes the first of three interconnected standalones following the lives of three sisters. When Sparks Fly is a contemporary romance heavy on the feels with loads of Helena’s trademark humor and steam. Full blurb coming soon!
 

Apple Books → COMING SOON

Nook → https://geni.us/WhenSparksFlyBN 

Kobo → https://geni.us/WhenSparksFlyKobo 

Google Play → https://geni.us/WhenSparksFlyGP 

Amazon US → https://amzn.to/3nHiCo8 

Amazon CA → https://amzn.to/3qcksyE 

Amazon UK → https://amzn.to/3aSL7tX 

Amazon AU → https://amzn.to/2MYzzxh 

Amazon Worldwide → https://geni.us/WhenSparksFlyAm 

Amazon Universal Paperback → https://geni.us/WhenSparksFlyHH

Indie Bound → https://geni.us/WhenSparksFlyIB

Website → https://helenahunting.com/books/when-sparks-fly/ 

Goodreads → https://geni.us/WhenSparksFlyGR

Thrift Store Book Haul #2

Hello Friends! I am here today with my second thrift book haul of the year. This one was for the rest of January. You can see my first book haul here.

Holiday in Death by JD Robb – slowly collecting this series when I find then for a good price.

Concealed in Death by JD Robb

Wrapped Up In You by Jill Shalvis – also collecting all of Jill’s books when I find them!

Sweet Talkin’ Lover by Tracey Livesay – I recently read the sequel to this one and loved it so I wanted to pick up the first.

The Scot Beds His Wife by Kerrigan Byrne – I read another of her books and really enjoyed it so I picked this one up on a whim.

Faithless by Karin Slaughter – trying to get all of her backlist books

Love Me Breathless by Jodi Ellen Malpas – I keep seeing this book around so I picked up when I saw it.

Love on Lexington Avenue by Lauren Layne – I liked the first one and now have the other two in the series.

With The Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevado – I have only heard good things about one so I was excited when I saw it at my local thrift store.

Have you thrifted any good books lately?

Reading Round Up: January 21st-31st

Happy Wednesday! How is everyone’s week going? Mine is going well. I am hoping to finish two books in the next few days. Hopefully I am getting back into my reading groove! I read 4 books to finish up my reading in January and overall I enjoyed them all. I think it’s a tie between Enjoy The View and Accidentally Engaged as my favorite.

Enjoy The View by Sarah Morgenthaler – 4 Stars Returning to Moose Springs, alaska is always a fun time and when the main male lead is a grump I AM HERE FOR IT!! We met Easton back in the first book and he is the quiet guy who doesn’t have a lot to say. While driving home he sees a woman on the side of the road pulling a suitcase behind here, doing the right thing Easton pulls over to help but instead gets yelled out for ruining her shot. I loved the first meeting between Easton and River, who is an actress turned producer and doing a documentary on Moose Springs. Since the town is blocking any filming , River hires Easton to take her and her camera crew up Mount Veil. I loved the parts of the story that deals with climbing the mountain and how it helped the relationship between the two grow. My only complaint about the book was that at times I found River’s character to be overly stubborn, because she is an accomplished climber she doesn’t take all of Easton’s warnings seriously and it really frustrated me. This series is one of my favorites and I am so glad we get another book about Easton’s Twin Ashtyn! Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for my gifted copy for review!!!

Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters – 3 Stars This is the second time I have tried to read this book and I think I only pushed through because it was a buddy read. I will say the last third was more enjoyable than the first two thirds. Evie is an agents assistant and is trying to get one of their screen writers to submit his new script. To help with this she decides to recreate famous meet cutes in rom com movies. Honestly I didn’t care for these scenes which is probably why I liked the last part better. She befriends a man and his 7 year old daughter in the beginning of the book and the interactions between them were my favorite parts of the book. Overall this was an okay book and if you are a fan of rom com movies then you might want to pick this one up!

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron – 4 Stars Accidentally Engaged follows Reena who runs into a good looking neighbor who lives across the hall but then learns that he is her father’s new employee and who her parents are trying to make a match with. Reena is not wanting an arranged match but she soon starts up a friendship with Nadim which leads to a fake engagement so that Reena can enter a cooking competition. There were so many descriptions of food and cooking and it was one of my favorite parts of the story! This one has great friendships and I loved reading those parts as well as the romance. I really enjoyed this one and thought it was a very fun romance! I highly recommend picking this one up. Thank you Forever Pub for my giveaway win!!

Forever Bold by Kathleen Brooks – 4 Stars This is number 15 in a series that I have been reading forever. These are always fun reads and I enjoy returning to the town of Keenston Kentucky and it’s crazy cast of characters. I love that you always know what you are going to get with these stories, a great love story and an action packed adventure. Highly recommend these if you like fun quick romance reads.

Book Blitz: The Best Man by Alex Kelly

The Best Man
Alex Kelly
(From Connemara With Love #1)
Publication date: November 12th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

I always turn up at just the wrong moment. I never know how to make the most of a situation; I don’t know the right thing to say, or when I should come or go.
Let’s just say I have really shit timing.
I’m not a smart guy. I don’t have great ideas.
I’m practical, a hard worker; someone who lives for his family, and for the air that she breathes.
It’s just a shame that the “she” in question never knew this. It’s a shame that I waited all these years to make my move. It’s useless to tell you, readers, that it was already too late; that I’d screwed everything up, once again. And, this time, my mistakes forced her to come home.
Except she didn’t want to stay.
And now she hates me – or maybe she doesn’t. I still haven’t worked out what’s going on between us, but like I said, I’m not the sharpest tool in the box. And even though this could be my last chance, I’m not going to be the one to ask her to stay. Not even if she turns out to be the one I’ve always waited for.
Because she doesn’t belong in this place.
And she doesn’t belong in my life.
My name is Alex Brennan, and this is my story: of how I realised I’d lost the most important person in my life, before I even had her.

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EXCERPT:

I walk behind her wordlessly, until we get to the door of her building. I’m a gentleman, and she knows it. I’ve always walked her to her door – something her brothers have always taken the piss out of me for – because I want to be sure that she gets home okay, and that nothing happens to her. I don’t do it now because of everything that’s just happened; I’ve always done it, and I always will. I’m not ashamed of that. If there’s one thing my mother taught me, it’s that I should never be ashamed of who I am and what I feel, and I’m not going to start feeling shameful tonight. So I walk up to the top floor with her without being asked why. Once we get to her front door, Ellie sticks her key into the lock and opens it, then stands, unmoving, with her forehead against the wood, trying to work out what should happen next.

“Don’t ask me,” I say, helping her.

Ellie turns slowly to face me.

“Now’s not the right moment,” I say, because it’s true. Even though the only thing I want right now is to push her inside, lock us into her apartment, and make love to her until we can’t walk anymore.

She smiles and nods; she knows this is for the best, too. I step closer to her and stroke her face, before gently pressing my lips to hers. Then I say it, because I can feel her fear pulsing into my chest.

“I’ll never ask you, Ellie.”

I’m an idiot, but I carry on anyway, because I love her more than I love the idea of the two of us together.

“I’ll never ask you to come back.”

I let go of her face and take a few steps back.

“Why not?”

“You know why,” I say; and from the way her eyes grow wide, I realise that she already knew my answer all along.

Author Bio:

USA Today bestselling author Michelle Hercules always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would write a novel. With a background in fashion design she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first book, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.

Michelle Hercules resides in The Netherlands with her husband and daughter. She is currently working on the Legends of Gattica series.

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Top 5 Tuesday: February 9th 2021

Hello Friends! I am here today with this week’s Top 5 Tuesday, this is a weekly meme that was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and is now being hosted by Meeghan reads. This weeks theme is top 5 series that I would like to start.

Top 5 series I want to start

An Ember In The Ashes by Sabah Tahir – YA Fantasy

Grant County series by Karin Slaughter – Adult Thriller

In Death series by JD Robb – Read the first one and really want to continue it – Romantic Suspense

Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro – YA Mystery

Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis – Contemporary Woman’s Fiction

Book Blitz: The Hollow World by Tracy Auerbach

The Hollow World
Tracy Auerbach
(Fragments, #3)
Publication date: February 2nd 2021
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy

The time has come for Kai and her friends to make a final stand, and as the war begins, everyone must choose a side. But with the lines between good and evil more blurred than ever, Kai has to stick with her convictions and follow her heart. Kai’s first priority is to free Finn from the clutches of Tessa Raven, who has become no better than the evil she once fought against.

As Kai reluctantly turns against the people she once considered her closest friends, she becomes entangled in a struggle with a mysterious new power that threatens to destroy what is left of Finn and change everything she thought she knew about the planet.

Meanwhile, Charlie and Aric remain behind and help Raven breach the underground world of the Science Council. All bets are off as they prepare to cross every line and burn every bridge in an attempt to claim the world that has abused them for too long.

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / iBooks / Kobo / Google Play

EXCERPT:

Too many missing coefficients. 

Raven ran her ungloved hand over the smooth, cool metal of the missile. She needed it to shatter the barrier—opening the way down so that she could destroy the Science Council. She knew enough about terminal ballistics to be able to calculate its exact impact on the crystal tube that led to the Science Council’s underground lair when it struck. The only problem was that the makeup of the tube was so unique…

“It’s a thing of beauty, Raven,” Sayers commented. He stared at her hungrily from his spot amongst her people, seeking approval.

“Yes, it is,” she offered, and he smiled. 

“The only problem is, because the substance we’re striking has never been studied, there’s no way to tell if it will work without testing it. Our likelihood for success is still low.” She glanced around the interior of the Dome of Artifacts, taking in the relics from the original Earth with an appreciative eye. “And I’m not willing to risk destroying all of these artifacts by blowing up the whole place when the chance of it failing to destroy the tube is unacceptably high.”

Her soldiers stood around her, silent, waiting for her suggestions. She’d been trying to puzzle this out for three weeks, and the answer was painfully obvious: a last straw plan. And yet, she hesitated, because there was a small part of her that wanted to try every other possible scenario before resorting to what she knew would work, even though she knew that wasn’t logical. 

Damn my weakness.

“We’ll need something softer,” she said at last. “Something that will turn to mush on impact rather than ricocheting off the crystal and taking out this whole place. Also, we’ll need something much bigger… heavier.” She scrutinized the crystal tube housing of the elevator platform that had, thus far, been impossible to penetrate. 

“Would you like us to try crafting a hollow missile that’s twice this size?” asked Larson. “We’d have to melt this down first.” He gestured toward the missile they’d taken three weeks to craft and painstakingly calibrated.

“No.”

The time to divulge her last straw plan was now. She knew a missile wouldn’t work. A rain of bullets wouldn’t work. But she happened to have a special tool—a former friend who could run at the speed of a bullet and who was close to two hundred pounds. 

A human body hitting the tube at that speed would spread adequate weight over a large enough surface area to crack open the entryway to the Science Council’s underground world like an egg. Also, a body would explode upon impact, resulting in a mostly liquid byproduct, causing minimal damage to the artifacts. 

Finn’s sacrifice would save the planet.

Author Bio:

Tracy Auerbach is an author of science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. As an avid reader with a vivid imagination, she chose to study film, English, and education, and went on to teach and write STEM curriculum for the New York Department of Education. This helped to polish her writing skills and ignite her passion for science fiction and fantasy.

Her first scholarly article, published in Language Magazine, was about the value of active, creative learning in science.
On the fiction side, Tracy’s work has been featured in the online literary journal Micro-horror, The Writing Disorder fiction anthology, and the “(Dis)ability” short story anthology, in addition to her novels.

When she is not teaching or writing, Tracy is usually reading or spending time with her family. She lives in New York with her husband and sons.

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January Book Haul

Hey Friends! I am here today with my January Book Haul! This does not include any books I thrifted for the month as that will be a separate post. I received/bought 14 new books this month which is quite a bit. I did participate in a few Valentine swaps and the books are included here since I got them in January.

( There is an extra book here that I thought I got in January but was from December )

Books from Book Boxes – 2

  • Lore by Alexandria Braken – Owlcrate (Currently Reading)
  • The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner

Giveaway Wins – 3

  • Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay – Goodreads and Minotaur Books
  • Shipped by Angie Hockman – Goodreads and Gallery Books
  • Riley Thorne and The Dead Guy Next Door by Lucy Score – Instagram win

Gifts – 4

  • The Ex-Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
  • Tools of Engagement by Tessa Bailey
  • Wild At Heart by K.A. Tucker ( Read – 5 Stars )
  • Forever Wild by K.A. Tucker ( Read – 5 Stars )

ARC’s From Publisher – 2

  • Jackson by Laquette – Gifted by Sourcebooks Casablanca
  • Friends Like Us by Sarah Mackenzie – Gifted by Forever Pub

Books I Bought – 3

  • The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne ( Read – 4 Stars )
  • The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne
  • How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams ( Read – 4 Stars )

Did you get any new books this month?

February TBR

Hello Friends! How did everyone’s January go? Mine was pretty slumpy all around. I did read some good books but overall I felt distracted all month and watched a lot of TV which is not like me. Im hoping February goes better and to help with that I am going to try to pick less specific titles to red and more generalities. I am hoping to participate in the #blackauthorreadathon which is being hosted by a ton of youtubers and instagrammers. Here is the link to Steph’s Romance Book Talks announcement video. I am also doing a few buddy reads and I have some January and February ARCs that I need to get too as well.

Let me know what your reading plans are in the comments!

For my back list books (which is any book I bought prior to January 1st 2021)

  • Bitter Falls by Rachel Caine
  • Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lissa Kay Adams – I didn’t get to it in January.

I have some buddy reads as well this month and some will double up as clearing up some of my ARCs.

  • In Case You Missed It by Lindsey Kelk
  • Shipped by Angie Hockman – ARC
  • First Comes Like by Alisha Rai – ARC
  • The Dating Plan by Sara Desai

For Kayla’s Buzzword – This month is a color in the title

  • White Out by Adriana Anders

Here is a Bingo board for the readathon.

Some hopefuls for this.

  • Jackson by Laquette
  • Sweet Talkin Lovers by Tracey Livesay
  • Legendborne by Tracey Deon
  • A Duke, The Lady and A Baby by Vanessa Riley
  • Block Shot by Kennedy Ryan

Hoping February is a better reading month and I can get some of these books read! Happy Reading!!

January Reading Stats

Happy Sunday Friends! I was hoping to get one more book in this month but I am not far enough into any to be able to finish it today. So for January I read 11 books, considering I have been in a slump thats not too bad. One of things I am trying to do different this year is get rid of half star ratings, so I will have to decide if it leans more up or down in the rating. I decided to do this because Goodreads does not offer that option and I want to be more consistent across all my platforms. Do you use half stars or a different type of rating system?

Books I read in January

  • Physical Books – 6 Books
  • E-Books – 5 Books
  • Library Books – 3 Books
  • ARC’s – 3 Books

Genres

  • Contemporary Romance – 8 Books
  • Thriller/Mystery – 1 Book
  • Paranormal Romance – 1 Book
  • Historical Romance – 1 Book

( I am only putting each book in what I think is the most prominent category )

Star Ratings

  • 2 Stars – 1 book
  • 3 Stars – 1 book
  • 4 Stars – 8 books
  • 5 Stars – 1 book

2 Stars

Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley

3 Stars

Would Like To Meet by Rachel Winters

4 Stars

How To Fail At Flirting by Denise Williams

Only When Its Us by Chloe Liese – Reread

The Boy Toy by Nicola Marsh

Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

Enjoy The View by Sarah Morgenthaler

Forever Bold by Kathleen Brooks

Accidentally Engaged by Farah Heron

5 Stars

Pretty Little Wife by Darby Kane

Until Next Time, Happy Reading!